A new partnership between Haircuts4Homeless and homelessness charity Emmaus Salford is bringing smiles to people who have experienced homelessness.

Each month, professional hairstylists from Haircuts4Homeless Manchester & Stockport volunteer their time to help residents of Emmaus Salford look sharp and give them a confidence boost with a free haircut.

Keith Dines, is one of the formerly homeless people who is now supported by Emmaus Salford. Keith said: “The Haircuts 4 Homeless volunteers are brilliant. I really enjoy meeting the team of hairdressers as they make all of us feel good and are such nice people. It’s good to be able to have a chat, it’s so relaxing and just a great idea overall.”

Emmaus Salford supports 21 formerly homeless people by offering a home, meaningful work in a social enterprise and an opportunity to get back on their feet again. The charity operates shops at Fitzwarren Street and Seaford Road in Salford, as well as the Emmaus Emporium in Swinton.

Haircuts4Homeless, set up in 2014 by Stewart Roberts, has now expanded to 45 locations across the country. Haircuts4Homeless Manchester & Stockport is a growing group of professional barbers and hairstylists who volunteer a few hours each month to give haircuts to people who are homeless.

Jackie McColl, Coordinator of Haircuts4Homeless Manchester & Stockport, said: “It is a great privilege to be working in conjunction with a fantastic organisation such as Emmaus and what they do for the homeless people.

“At Haircuts 4 Homeless, the slogan is ‘changing lives one haircut at a time’. We are a group of hairstylists and barbers giving our time free to cut hair for the homeless community and letting them feel good about themselves again.”

Haircuts4Homeless is appealing for more hairstylists from across Greater Manchester to volunteer for a couple of hours each month at one of many locations across the city region. For more details visit the Haircuts4Homeless Manchester & Stockport Facebook page.

Learn more about the Emmaus Salford charity and social enterprise. If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 0161 737 8279 or visit one of the shops at Fitzwarren Street, Seaford Road or Partington Lane.